Mashed Potatoes Little Farm Style – Cooking with kids

We love potatoes – and we grow them at The Little Farm. Our favorite is Yukon gold – along with sweet potatoes and yams.

Here is a very simple recipe which you can make with kids. Our grandchildren like to plop the cut potatoes into a big bowl of cold water while waiting for them all to be peeled and quartered – and of course, for the hot water to boil. Here is Jonah snacking on carrots while helping.


  • 6 yukon Gold potatoes peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 sweet potato – peeled and cut into thick slices (you will need a sharp knife they are thick and difficult to cut)
  • 1 yam – peeled and cut into thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley for serving – optional


  • Boil water with a dash of salt ( will make it boil faster) and then add all the potatoes being careful not to burn yourself from splashing water!
  • Boil until soft then drain through a colander.
  • Add to a cuisinart unless you like your mashed potatoes chunky in which case you can use a hand masher ( good exercise too!)
  • Add the butter and milk – you can add more as you prefer to get the consistency of mashed potatoes that your family likes. We like it smooth!
  • Add salt and pepper to taste

Serve with a little chopped parsley sprinkled on top ( optional)

About Grandma

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